UAE officials on Wednesday said that Tuesday night’s blast was caused due to a faulty gas cylinder in a building in Abu Dhabi, asking the news sources to avoid spreading rumors and also urging the public to follow only official news.
Abu Dhabi Civil Defense in a statement said they received a report of a fire at 12:09 am caused by a gas cylinder explosion which had no casualties.
“Specialized teams extinguished the fire, evacuated the building as a precaution, and controlled the situation,” the statement added.
The authority also called on the public to follow the news from the UAE’s official authorities and to avoid spreading rumors and false information.
However, the US Embassy in the Gulf State issued a warning to its citizens in the UAE to remain vigilant following a series of attacks.
“There are reports of a possible missile or drone strike having occurred over Abu Dhabi,” the message said, calling on the US citizens to immediately stay alert in case of additional future attacks.
Iranian-backed Houthi rebels based in Yemen have recently claimed three missile and drone attacks on the UAE. On January 17, three people were killed and six more wounded after Houthis fired missiles toward Abu Dhabi.
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